Wildlife

Plastic Trash Vortex Menaces Pacific Sealife
November 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Old toothbrushes, beach toys and used condoms are part of a vast vortex of plastic trash in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, threatening sea creatures that get tangled in it, eat it or ride on it, a new report says.

Public Split on New Snowmobile Plan
November 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Erin DeMuth, Post-Star, Glens Falls, N.Y.

Cheers and jeers, delight and outrage. The New York Department of Environmental Conservation has been getting some of each since it unveiled a new Adirondack Snowmobile Plan in mid-October.

Boy Gets Rare Shot of California Condor
November 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A 5-year-old boy has taken a photograph of what experts say may be the first California condor to fly in Topanga Canyon's skies in more than a century.

Dutch Rescuers Try to Save Horse Herd Threatened by High Water
November 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Toby Sterling, Reuters

Rescue workers struggled Thursday to save a herd of 100 horses stranded for days on a tiny knoll after a fierce storm turned their pasture into an angry sea.

Ocean Fish, Seafood Could Collapse by 2048
November 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

The world's fish and seafood populations will collapse by 2048 if current trends in habitat destruction and overfishing continue, resulting in less food for humans, researchers said Thursday.

Mistaken Theory Harms Conservation Efforts, UK Study Shows
November 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters

Efforts to save endangered species have until now been based on a mistaken theory that if one species in an area is under threat, all species there are in danger, according to scientists at London's Imperial College.

Florida Alligator Comeback May Ease Hunting Rules
November 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Peltier, Reuters

The once-endangered alligator has made such a phenomenal comeback in Florida that state wildlife officials are considering making it fair game once again.

Groups Want Forest Rules Overturned
November 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Terence Chea, Associated Press

Environmentalists asked a federal judge Wednesday to overturn the Bush administration's rules for managing the country's 155 national forests, arguing that the regulations illegally weaken protections for wilderness and wildlife.

New Aquatic Species Found in Hawaii
November 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Researchers on a three-week mission to the remote French Frigate Shoals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands discovered 100 species never seen in the area before, including many that may be entirely new to science.

Scientist Says Large Coral Disappearing
November 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

Large species of coral that form underwater reefs and create rich habitat for marine life are disappearing from around the U.S. Virgin Islands, Jamaica and elsewhere in the Caribbean, a leading researcher said Tuesday.

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